23 November, 2017
Study 13 From the Book of 2 Chronicles is: 2 Chronicles 22:10 – 23:21
1- Planning: Why had Jehoiada to wait seven years? What lessons may we learn from this for ourselves? Cf. Hab. 2:3. Why did he have confidence that the plan would succeed?
2- Action: What lessons in careful planning and organization can we learn from Jehoiada in our service of Christ?
3- Success: Jehoiada was not content with half measures. How did he follow up his victory? See 23:16-20.
1- 23:2, 3. This was the preliminary gathering, secretly convened in the Temple, in which all present pledged their loyalty to the boy king.
2- 23:11. ‘The Testimony’: i.e., the book of the law. Cf. Dt. 17:18-20.
22 November, 2017
Study 12 From the Book of 2 Chronicles is: 2 Chronicles 21:1 – 22:9
1- Identify the sins here recorded of Jehoram. How did God deal with him, and why? To what did he owe this survival?
2- How far was the low state under Jehoram and Ahaziah directly traceable to the mistaken step of Jehoshaphat as recorded in 18:1? What does this illustrate concerning the character and consequences of some sins?
21 November, 2017
Study 11 From the Book of 2 Chronicles is: 2 Chronicles 19 and 20
1- In the beginning of Jehoshaphat’s reign he continued the policy of maintaining fortified cities for defence against Israel. But, later he made peace with Israel through a marriage alliance (18:1; 21:6). How was this alliance with Ahab rebuked, and on what grounds? Cf. 2 Cor. 6:14; see also 2 Ch. 20:35-37.
2- After this rebuke, what further steps did Jehoshaphat take to establish true religion in the land?
3- When peril came, what did Jehoshaphat do first? What impresses you most in this story?
Note. 20:2. ‘Engedi’: on the western shore of the Dead Sea, and therefore not far from Jerusalem.
20 November, 2017
Study 10 From the Book of 2 Chronicles is: 2 Chronicles 17 and 18
1- The chronicler gives four chapters to the reign of Jehoshaphat, who was one of the best of the kings of Judah. What, according to chapter 17, were the reasons for his prosperity? Note the word ‘therefore’ in verse 5. What method did Jehoshaphat introduce to give religious instruction to the people?
2- Chapter 18. How did Micah seed to proclaim the word of God, and what difficulties did he encounter? What may we learn from him concerning faithfulness in such ministry
3- In what ways do the characters of Jehoshaphat and Ahab differ?
19 November, 2017
Study 9 From the Book of 2 Chronicles is: 2 Chronicles 15 and 16
1- Can you find in Azariah’s message (15:2-7) (a) a fundamental history, (c) an exhortation, and (d) a promise?
2- Chapter 15. How thoroughly and with what success were these lessons heeded by Asa (see especially verse 15)? Cf. Je. 29:13; Mt. 11:29.
3- In what ways did Asa backslide in his later years, and what were the consequences?
18 November, 2017
Study 8 From the Book of 2 Chronicles is: 2 Chronicles 13 and 14
1- Chapter 13. Jeroboam had the advantages of numbers (verse 3) and of military skill (verse 13), and he, too, had received promises from God (cf). I Ki. 11:29-39). What, then, gave Judah the victory? Cf. verse 18 with 1 Ki. 12:28-33.
2- Chapter 14. What did Asa do to mark him out as ‘Good and right’ in peace and war?
3- What is the connection between 14:2-4 and 14:1, 12? Cf. 1 Jn. 3:21, 22; 5:3, 4. If Asa had not set God and His commandments in the forefront of his endeavours, could he have prayed with such confidence or won so great a victory?
Note. 13:5. ‘By a covenant of salt’: i.e., a binding covenant, not to be broken. Cf. Nu. 18:19.
17 November, 2017
Study 7 From the Book of 2 Chronicles is: 2 Chronicles 11 and 12
1- Was Rehoboam good or evil? Was there a fundamental fault in his character? Cf. Jas. 1:8.
2- What did Shemaiah achieve on the two occasions when he intervened in national life, and how was he able to do this? Is there a parallel between his work and that of a Christian today?
3- What lesson did God mean to teach through Shishak’s invasion?